First quilt quilted was a lap quilt / charity quilt I partially inherited from my friend Liz, who offered it to me for quilting practice (she did the center, I did the borders). I quilted it in an allover meander pattern. Here it is on my weather-beaten picnic table.
Second quilt quilted was the Paducah nine-patch for my cousin in Arizona. Also quilted in a meander. It has arrived safely (in a rainstorm!) so I can write about it and not ruin the surprise!
The third quilt quilted I actually had to make! My dear cousin Laura, matron of honor at my wedding, welcomed her first granddaughter into the world last week. Laura has four sons and one grandson, and I know from her attentions to my foster daughters over the years that she has lots of impulses pink, glittery and otherwise girly stored up to share with this precious one, "Penelope." I wanted to add a quilt to the mix.
I chose the delicate rose backing first. Remember Dear Mrs. Emig's fabric stash? (see here)
This dictated my choice of pink: rose pink, not princess pink. Greens I knew would be welcome, as the color of the mother's eyes... Finally, the pattern: I made 16 half-square triangles, and tried them out in all combos:
(Interesting, but too scattered. I wanted something like centerpieces.)
(Cool, but how does this push-me/pull-you relate to the sweet delicacy of new life?)
(Again, interesting, but the box seems so... geometric.)
Aha! There were others, but this was the winner. With white on the outer squares, its boxiness retreats on a white background to become somewhat rosette-ish.
My favorite part is the binding. It is sage green, left over from the Arizona quilt's back. I likely would not have planned on it, but there it was, lying on my table. It is amazing to me how the sage green looks like the faded green from antique quilts, the pinks like faded reds.
Tra-la! Happy me. And, for fun, I quilted in hearts rather than meanders. My first actual "pattern" quilting! I still have a long ways to go in mastering the machine. But then again, I still have tons (yes, probably literally) of fabric in my stash...